Even when life is out of control, solution is still at reach.

The Ark of DC strives to help individuals reach and live their best lives by providing services that help them take care of their mental health. The following services are offered:

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Psychiatric Consultations

Our staff is made up of licensed, board-certified psychiatrists (MD/DO) and nurse specialists that deliver these services. Consumers may or may not be in therapy but need medication to facilitate their return to their previous level of functioning and stabilize their symptoms. We provide treatment for all ages and a variety of conditions that includes panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more.

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Psychotherapy

Our individual therapy service is a collaborative program between the clinician and the patient. Together, they work to address the specific problems and concerns of the individual. During each session, our professionals use this time to focus on achieving each individual’s goals and then determine the course of therapy.

During these sessions, the patient will meet with their primary therapist. Our experienced psychiatrist leads the treatment team and is involved in the care of each patient.

Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

For patients that are struggling with substance abuse/addiction, our specialized addictions counselor will meet them and hold weekly sessions. These sessions will be used to assess the nature of the individual’s relationship with alcohol and/or drugs. These meetings are customized to the individual’s needs and can be educational, motivational, and therapeutic. The addictions counselor works together with the rest of the team to develop a comprehensive plan.

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MHRS Core & Community Services

We believe in positive outcomes in mental health treatment.

Psychiatric illness, whatever its cause, inevitably has a profound effect on an individual’s self-esteem and the quality of their interpersonal relationships.

Our Services are inspired by a person-centered approach. 
Our focus is on restoring dignity and happiness in the consumers’ life by connecting them to social and community resources. They deserve to thrive, function and be respected in society.

These services include assistance in finding suitable housing, job search skills training, and information on local and state resources available for recovery and positive outcomes.

Family Counseling & Therapy

We have found that for many consumers, healthier communication with family members is a useful treatment goal while in our program. The family therapy track has two groups that encourage consumers to develop insight into their current relationships with family members and provide guidance in establishing more balanced and supportive patterns of interactions moving forward.

  1. Relationships Group:
    The relationships group provides an opportunity to discuss and learn ways to improve relationships with family, friends, and anyone that group participants interact with. The group focuses on our fundamental desire for validation and connection, and how emotions drive one’s behavior in general and specifically in one’s relationships. Participants learn to identify the feelings that lead them into negative cycles with people in their lives, and how to reverse negative relationship patterns that may have developed. Balancing self and others and vulnerability in relationships are also topics that are discussed. Role play is occasionally used to practice effectively expressing one’s general and emotional needs.

  2. Family Issues Group:
    The way we experience ourselves and the world around us is critically influenced by those people who are closest to us. These people are usually the family into which we were born or the one we have created through marriage or other partnerships. The family issues therapeutic group provides consumers with the opportunity to explore the dynamics of their family relationships, to test out the usefulness of their current perspectives, and to gain new insights from other group participants. The experienced group facilitator provides consumers with valuable guidance into successfully designing more useful dynamics with the significant people in their lives.

DDS – Developmental Disabilities Services

Behavior Support Services

Behavioral Support services are preventive and consultative services that focus on long-term behavioral supports to improve and maintain a person’s long-term health, attitude, and behavior rather than short-term responses to immediate crises. Behavioral Support services assist to improve the person’s independence and inclusion in their community.

Companion Services

Companion services provide non-medical care, socialization, or support for adults with intellectual disabilities, to support their goals, desires and needs as identified in the person’s Individual Support Plan (ISP), and reflected in his or her Person-Centered Thinking and Discovery Tools. This service is provided in a person’s home or at various locations in the community. A DDS-Direct Support Professional will help individuals do activities like shopping, household chores, meal preparation, and accompany individuals to community functions. Companion Services provide more opportunities for individuals to live independently and to become more engaged in their community.

In-Home Support Services

In-Home Support Service is provided to persons living in their own home or living in their family member’s home. In-Home Support services are blended services that provide habilitation, personal care and other support services to the person in their home. These services assist the person to reside successfully in their home as their primary place of residence.

Other DDS Developmental Disabilities Services:

  1. Paraprofessional Behavioral Support
  2. Non-Professional BSP
  3. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  4. Licensed Professional Counselor
  5. Direct Support Services

Family Medicine and PCP Services

Internal Medicine

As your internal medicine provider, The ARK of DC provides long-term comprehensive care, managing both common and complex illnesses. We take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, your health care background and your health concerns. We’ll make recommendations for preventive care, treat any current conditions you may have and refer you to an appropriate specialist or other medical facility if you need specialized diagnostic tests or treatment. We are here to coordinate your care and make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

Family Medicine

Our family medicine providers care for the whole family; from children to adults. They partner with you to provide the best possible, long-term health care. Whether you or a member of your family needs a routine check-up, treatment for minor illness or more comprehensive care, we take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle, your health care background and your health concerns. 
We’ll make recommendations for preventive care, treat any current conditions you may have and refer you to an appropriate specialist or other medical facility if you need specialized diagnostic tests or treatment. We are here to coordinate your care and make sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

Other FMP and PCP Services include:

  1. Medication Management and Somatic
  2. Management of Chronic Medical Conditions (Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.)
  3. Minor Outpatient Procedures (skin tag removal, suture removal)
  4. Flu Shots and other Immunizations
  5. Lab Tests

FSMHC – FreeStanding Mental Health Clinic

Our Freestanding Mental Health Clinic Services include:

  • Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment
  • Individual, Family, and Group Therapy
  • Grief, Bereavement, and Loss Therapy
  • Interactive Psychotherapy
  • Medication Somatic Management
  • Prevention / Intervention / Group Counseling
  • Behavior & Coping Skills
  • Anger Management
  • Psychoeducation / Prevention
  • Domestic Violence
  • Life Skills and Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Trauma and Stress Groups
  • Trauma-Based Therapy